Tuesday, 31 January 2012
A big thank you to all you well wishers, your thoughts mean a lot to me. Just a quick note to say my man is now home, looking much better and complaining about being covered in sticky residue from the various hospital plasters/attachments, so he can't be feeling too terrible! A very lucky escape indeed.
Sunday, 29 January 2012
In the distance I noticed a pair of swans who were not interested in the bread, they just had eyes for each other and were participating in a pair-bonding display. This is like a courtship dance with the swans making elegant shapes with their necks and wings and mirroring each other's movements. It was truly beautiful to watch, especially when you think that swans mate for life. A recurring movement between the swans was the bending of their necks and touching of beaks, which I noticed made the shape of a heart...which in turn gave me an idea for a felt model. The above is the result and I am quite proud of it, having designed it entirely on my own. It will be for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.
On a more serious note, while it is easy in 'Blogland' to make it seem that everything in your world is happy and pretty with nothing ever going wrong, sometimes something happens that brings you down to earth with a bump. I've been having a pretty stressful time lately due to a couple of things going on - one involving extensive visits to the dentist (ouch!) and the other involving my day job which I don't feel at liberty to discuss, despite my inner outrage. Yesterday however, something happened which topped it all - my partner of 17 years was home from Belgium for the weekend but was feeling quite wonky since early Saturday morning. He checked himself in to the Emergency Dept at lunchtime yesterday and I got a phone call two hours later to tell me that he'd been whisked up to CCU with a heart attack. They'd dealt with it incredibly fast, cleared the offending artery, gave him a stent and he should be home within a couple of days. It was a lucky escape - he could have had this happen while on his own in Belgium or while driving to or from there. It kind of puts things in perspective - your loved ones are what matters, everything else is just decoration.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
The bird is attached to a coiled wire which in turn is attached by a carpet tack at the back of the hole. The doors are hinged with thread and do actually shut enclosing the bird inside. The bird was made using a small strip of yellow icord and then knitting a tiny triangle of blue which was sewn on for the back and wings - he has a tail (which after all that work can't be seen!), embroidered eyes and the tiniest beak.
The clock face was embroidered and the hands are tiny slivers of card with a pin through the middle to anchor them - the base of the clock is made from several pieces of foamboard glued together so the pin holds very firm - and the hands can be moved.
The pendulums were knitted and are attached with some old necklace chain.
I am so very relieved this has worked out OK - again, I have to point out that it is only 3 inches tall! My poor eyes!
Sunday, 22 January 2012
It doesn't mean I can't make a decent sketch, it is just a bit of added insurance. However, the above painting was sketched out 'properly' and although I had to fix a couple of minor errors in proportion along the way, once the first layer of paint was blocked in I was really pleased with the way it is turning out already. I don't think I will ever tire of painting dogs!
Thursday, 19 January 2012
I washed it, blocked it, fell in love with it!
Now that is out of the way, I can get on with the paid work! The basic construction of the cuckoo clock is complete and now I have to begin knitting it's cover. And this afternoon, like a big box of chocolates waiting to be opened, I can start on the acrylic dog portrait - I can't wait!
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Suddenly the work has started piling up again. I have made a start on the basic structure of a knitted cuckoo clock - this is going to take some doing, especially as I want to have the cuckoo actually go inside it's doors....a step too far? We'll give it a go! Also got some tiny LED light for inclusion in the mini chandelier, also for the animated film. That will (supposedly) be the last item for the animation- I know I have moaned for England over getting all these tiny things designed and made, but it has been great fun and I know I will miss the challenges.
As well as the above there are three little dog sets to be made and a dog portrait to be painted.......
Sunday, 15 January 2012
As far as painting is concerned, after the brief hiatus over Christmas, it's back in the saddle with an acrylic dog portrait - hooray! Haven't done a dog portrait in acrylics for a very long time, I'm looking forward to it.
Friday, 13 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Not too sure what to do next - perhaps more in the same vein, as it's been a while since using watercolours and I do so love them!
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Friday, 6 January 2012
All that's left to do is to somehow fashion a yarn toasting fork...I think it will have to have a wire base and then be wrapped as I cannot knit one!
Next is the dreaded cuckoo clock - I have left this to last as I have not the faintest idea of how to go about it!
Thursday, 5 January 2012
The tiles were knitted individually and sewn in place - thank goodness they fit without the aid of maths - then a darker blue 'grouting' was embroidered around them. Note to self, next time, if there ever is a next time, do the embroidery before attaching the hearth as it is very tricky negotiating the corners.
Still not been able to get near my paints this week - too much to do around the house. However, after de-Christmassing the place yesterday which took three hours (three hours - how depressing was that!) I should have a free afternoon today at last. I can't wait!
Monday, 2 January 2012
Magpie Magic as a combined birthday/Christmas present. It is so pretty and I have enjoyed wearing it over the holidays with no fear of it getting pulled apart by little fingers or covered in goodness-knows-what - the hazards of working in an infant school. It's been great wearing decent clothes and staying clean for a fortnight - the worst I've been covered in has been a bit of mud from dog-walking and gardening. That all ends tomorrow, back to wearing the scruffy clothes.......